Our History

We’re proud of our heritage.  If you want to learn more about our history and our commitment to the Virginia Beach community, you’re in the right place.  Read on to learn more about us.

Family and Land

Hunt Club Farm has a rich history, dating back to the 1760s when the area was mostly farmland. The original home, built for Captain Jonathan Moore, still stands and is currently being restored. In the 1960s, Mrs. Mary Vogel, the young wife of Naval Officer, Commander John C. Vogel, stumbled upon Moore's abandoned farmhouse on London Bridge Road. She and John immediately fell in love with the 200-acre property and quickly recruited fourteen families to purchase it. The planned equestrian community was named Princess Anne Hunt Club Properties and subdivided into "farmettes," each no less than five acres. John and Mary's daughters, Kathie and Patti, were horse lovers and avid horseback riders. The Vogel's purchased the property to keep horses for their daughters to enjoy, which they did. However, the name of the subdivision comes directly from the property's historical use as the home of Princess Anne Hunt, a foxhunting club established in Virginia Beach in 1927. The Hunt used the Moore home on the Vogel property as their Clubhouse from 1962 until 1989. The Vogels loved the farm life, especially their horses and dogs. Mary was well known in the dog breeding world for her Bichon Frises; she was actively involved as a competitor and a judge at dog shows across the country. In 1972, John, knowing Mary's love of dogs, decided to open a kennel on the couple's property when he retired from the Navy. He named the new business Hunt Club Boarding Kennel. The kennel, celebrating its 50th year in 2021, is currently owned and operated by Kathie Vogel. John C. Vogel passed away in August of 2003, after a brief battle with cancer. Mary passed away in July of 2006. The couple worked hard to develop the farm and their business. They passed their love of animals and farm life to their children.

Legacy

J.D., the Vogel's son, developed a love of farm life and, after graduating from Kellam High School, became a farrier. He also started growing produce on the farm and selling it via a small market at the front of the property.
He called his market Princess Anne Produce. To learn more about the developing trends in agricultural tourism or agritourism, J. D. attended agricultural conferences.
Every fall, he sold pumpkins at the market and offered hayrides to school children. His Haunted Hayride, the first of its kind in the area, was a quick favorite. He then purchased a greenhouse, started cultivating seeds, and started his own spring Children’s Garden Field Trip to help educate local school children about farm life, including plants and animals. Hunt Club Farm thrived on J.D.’s ingenuity.
In 1999, J.D. hired Randi LaMark, a pharmaceutical sales representative, to help coordinate his fall activities. The two fell in love and married the following year. They have two sons – Nicholas and Taylor.

Community

Hunt Club Farm’s dedication to agriculture has made them a leader in the popular agritourism industry. The original farm market still exists and offers various locally made products, including soaps and candles made on the property. In the fall, the market is home to one of the largest pumpkin patches in the area. Thanksgiving week brings Virginia-grown Christmas trees for purchase on the farm and staff-crafted wreaths made from recycled tree clippings.
Throughout the year, Hunt Club Farm hosts an array of culturally significant fairs and festivals. These include a Spring and Easter Celebration, Fall Harvest Fair, Halloween Festival, and Holidays at Hunt Club. Of course, sure to please farm-goers of all ages are our ever-popular Petting Farm and brand new
Tree Walk Adventure.

We hope you will make Hunt Club Farm a part of your family traditions.